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Dedication of La Mujer, gift from Angelica Guillén

In Memory of Angelica Guillén

We invite you to join the SVC community for the dedication ceremony of the artwork

La Mujer

By artist Mark Carroll

Skagit Valley College
Mount Vernon Campus
Tuesday, November 22;
1:30 pm
Lewis Hall 125
La Mujer was donated by Angelica Guillén, SVC English faculty retired, mentor, and friend.

Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses to honor Veterans and those who serve

In honor of Veterans’ Day 2016, Skagit Valley College’s Mount Veterans DayVernon and Whidbey Island campuses will team up to honor those who serve and those who have served.

The Whidbey Island Campus will construct a special exhibit in recognition of veterans. The Veterans’ Wall will be on view in Oak Hall from November 7-14.

The Mount Vernon Campus the Veterans Club will host a free BBQ on November 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Gary Tollefson Plaza. SVC’s Veterans’ Club helps to provide veterans with resources, support, and advocacy they need to succeed.

“Skagit Valley College would like to recognize the many faculty, staff and students who have served in the military and the numerous contributions they make to our College and throughout our communities,” said Dr. Dave Paul, Vice President for Student Services. “Our veterans and their families are central to our College: they are our colleagues, our students, and our leaders. We truly thank them for their service.”

For more information about Military Education and Veterans’ Services at SVC, visit

On Facebook, visit Veterans Club of Skagit Valley College for activities and development opportunities.

SVC Drama Department: Calling All Medieval Fighters

shakespeare-topperThe Skagit Valley College Drama Department announces that auditions for the Winter Quarter production, King John, will take place in the Phil Tarro Theatre on November 28 and 30, 3:30 and 6:30 pm.

The evil King John, remembered for his escapades with Robin Hood, battles with the French, the Pope, and his own aristocracy, is kicking off Shakespeare’s histories in the SVC Drama Department.  King John will be presented in authentic medieval costumes and will include swordplay. A one-minute audition piece is encouraged.king-john

Performances of take place in the Phil Tarro Theatre from February 24-March 5.

For information,, (360) 416-6636. On Facebook @SVCdrama.

SVC Art Gallery features work by Sue Roberts and Natalie Niblack

fun-and-games-poster-2The work by artists Sue Roberts and Natalie Niblack will be on display starting November 15th in the Skagit Valley College (SVC) Art Gallery, which is located in the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center on SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus. The show, Fun and Games, runs from November 15th through January 6th. An artist talk will take place on November 15th at 12:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room.

Natalie Niblack is a visual artist working in a variety of media: drawing, oil painting, printmaking and ceramics. For 20 years, she taught painting, drawing, and printmaking at Shoreline Community College, where she was also the gallery director. She received her Master’s degree from Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland. She exhibits her work locally and regionally, and is in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, University of Washington Hospital, and museums in Yekaterinburg, Russia and Glasgow Scotland.  She currently lives in the Skagit Valley.

Sue Roberts has been a professional studio artist working in ceramic and metal sculpture for over 25 years. After completing her BFA in ceramic sculpture at the University of Kansas, she went on to study life modeling at the Art Students League in New York City, and bronze casting/metal work in Central Florida. Her work has been displayed in museum shows and galleries across the United States and in Japan, and is in numerous private collections throughout the country. Her metal work was featured in the 1998 Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog. In 2002 she received an artist residency at Penland School of Crafts, and in 2012 was an Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) recipient. Sue currently teaches a variety of workshops and classes at her studio on Guemes Island, WA.

About the show:

“The world of toys is bright and sentimental, a goggle-eyed hyperbole of emotion. We are using the visual vocabulary of toys and games to explore more adult concerns. Our take on gun violence, environmental degradation, and the current lack of reasoned argument in politics in the adult world is mixed with the extremes of emotion in childish forms, with the result that simple and sentimental representation takes on a darker implication.  Sometimes we hope you laugh, but mostly we want you to think.”

The SVC Art Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work by regionally, national, and internationally acclaimed artists.

Oktober Fest on 10/29 celebrates new grant partnership between Culinary, Sustainable Ag, and Craft Brew programs

From Farm to Table, From Grain to Glass:

SVC partnership receives $150k grant to develop cross-disciplinary innovations in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Craft Brewing programs

img_8896With partnership support from Viva Farms, the Port of Skagit, and the WSU Bread Lab, Skagit Valley College has recently received a $150k workforce development grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

With a focus on excellence, SVC aligns its Workforce Education programs with regional and state economic development strategies. By maintaining strong connections with community leaders and key partnerships with business and industry, SVC provides training that responds to employer needs.  This new grant will allow SVC to develop cross-disciplinary curriculum, planned outcomes, and enhanced industry engagement with three of the College’s innovative programs: Sustainable Agriculture, Craft Brewing, and Culinary Arts.

In a practical way, the students will learn how to emulate industry practice in all stages. Everything from cultivation best practices, to identification of the perfect ingredient mix, to creation of the best commodities for consumption are on the table. Literally, from “Farm to Table and from Grain to Glass.” Program integration and other grant efforts will be coordinated by Bryan Krueger, Craft Brew faculty and Boundary Bay Director of Quality, who is an award-winning brewer and holds a degree in Environmental Studies. The project also will include the culinary expertise of former SVC Culinary Arts chef, Lyle Hildahl. In addition to serving as a Culinary Arts instructor at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy, Lyle has been hired by the SVC Advancement unit to support the College’s efforts to highlight these three programs.

“This new workforce grant provides the opportunity for our partners to showcase three important segments of the Skagit Valley that are tightly connected,” said Darren Greeno, Dean for Workforce Education at SVC. “It will bring their interconnectivity directly to our students in the classroom, in the farm field, in the kitchen, and in the local workforce. It reflects our support of a robust local economy.”

>> OKTOBER FEST:  Saturday, October 29; 3-6 pm; Cardinal Center
A number of events will be planned throughout the academic year that will celebrate the students’ work and the partnership. The first event this year will be the SVC Oktober Fest on Saturday, October 29 from 3-6 pm in the Cardinal Center at SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus. Cardinal Craft Brew tastings will be paired with hors d’oeuvres created by SVC Culinary Arts and Northwest Career and Technical Academy student chefs, with food grown by SVC Sustainable Agriculture students. Food and beverage tasting tickets, ranging from $2 and up, will be available at the door.

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